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CARB Newsclips for April 28, 2017. This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office of Communications. You may need to sign in or register with individual websites to view some of the following news articles. CARB BUSINESS Staff from the California Department of Transportation, the California Air Resources Board, the California Energy Commission, and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development invite you to participate in workshops to discuss implementation of the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan (Action Plan). The workshops will be held at the locations and on the dates noted below. The agencies will follow the same format and show the same presentation at each of the workshop locations. OAKLAND: May 9, 2017 LOS ANGELES: May 30, 2017 SAN DIEGO: May 31, 2017 For more information on the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan including upcoming workshops, please visit the webpage at http://www.casustainablefreight.org/ _________________________ David Cocker, PhD University of California, Riverside. Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., PDT (WEBCAST) Sierra Hearing Room, 2nd Floor, CalEPA Building 1001 I Street, Sacramento, California Low vapor pressure-volatile organic compounds (LVP-VOCs) are a set of VOCs currently exempted for VOC content based on a combination of boiling point, vapor pressure, and/or elution time from a GC-column. This work explores evaporation rates and secondary pollutant formation from a series of individual LVP-VOCs associated with consumer products, select generic consumer products that include these LVP-VOCs, and several hydrocarbon solvents. For more go to the announcement at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/seminars/cocker/cocker.htm May 8, 2017: Public Workshop to discuss ARB's Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) Program. At this workshop, ARB staff will present an overview of activities taken by the CCS program in 2016, and an initial concept of a Quantification Methodology (QM) and Permanence Protocol for CCS. https://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/ccs/meetings/meetings.htm Air Resources Board staff have posted a white paper on the health benefits of physical activity and air pollution exposure while walking and bicycling for transportation. Download the White Paper: https://www.arb.ca.gov/research/vprp/physical_activity_and_health_final_161216.pdf For more information, including the White Paper and other resources, visit our Built Environment webpage: https://www.arb.ca.gov/research/vprp/vprp.htm A fact sheet summarizing this document can be found here: https://www.arb.ca.gov/html/fact_sheets/physical_activity_fact_sheet.pdf CAP AND TRADE California Assembly weighing integrating air pollution performance into GHG cap-and-trade. The California Assembly is considering a bill (AB-378) that would integrate air quality performance into the state’s greenhouse-gas (GHG) cap-and- trade program. Assembly Bill 378 was proposed by by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, who heads the Assembly’s Committee on Natural Resources. CNR passed the proposal on Monday. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2017/04/20170427-ab378.html $10-per-ton carbon price could save $2.9B — study. Carbon fees in Massachusetts could save 340 lives and $2.9 billion by 2040, a new study found. The study, funded by the Merck Family Fund, looked at a $10-per-ton price on carbon that would eventually increase to $40 per ton and found that such a tax could prevent 20 heart attacks… https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/04/28/stories/1060053721 AIR POLLUTION Court halts case on Clean Power Plan, paves way for dismantling of carbon emissions rule. In a major victory for the White House, the D.C. Court of Appeals on Friday suspended a case on the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, paving the way for the administration to dismantle the rule without interference from the courts. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/apr/28/appeals-court-halts-case-clean-power-plan/ Ozone levels drop, but air pollution still severely impacts local region, report says. The Los Angeles region achieved its lowest levels ever for unhealthy ozone days and for year-round particle pollution but still remains among the most polluted areas in the country, according to the newly released State of the Air 2017 report from the American Lung Association. The Los Angeles region, which includes San Bernardino and Riverside counties, topped the national list… http://www.fontanaheraldnews.com/news/ozone-levels-drop-but-air-pollution-still-severely-impacts-local/article_4e547f5a-2b60-11e7-b5cc-a3335d440dbb.html Air pollution plan cannot be delayed, high court tells government. Court rules that immediate publication is essential and rejects Defra’s plea to delay until after the general election. The government has been ordered to publish tough new plans to tackle air pollution after the high court rejected attempts by ministers to keep the policy under wraps until after the general election. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/apr/27/air-pollution-plan-election-campaign-bomb-court-government European Union enforces new air pollution limits. The European Union (EU) has today (29 April) approved new air pollution limits, which could save more than 20,000 lives each year by reducing pollution derived from coal-fired power plants. The UK was amongst Member States that backed stricter limits on toxic pollutants from large combustion plants… https://www.edie.net/news/6/European-Union-enforces-new-air-pollution-limits/ Air Pollution Can Cut Solar Panel Efficiency By Up To 25%. A new study has disturbing news for India’s solar power industry. It claims that dust and particulate matter (often a by-product of diesel engines) can reduce solar panel efficiency by 17% to 25%. Half this reduction comes from dust and particles deposited on the surface of solar panels which form a physical barrier to the passage of sunlight. https://cleantechnica.com/2017/04/27/air-pollution-can-cut-solar-panel-efficiency-25/ Oil and gas methane emissions higher than previously thought, reports say. Canada chose to delay new methane regulations for three years last week, but a pair of new studies show emissions of the potent greenhouse gas are worse than previously thought. Two new reports from environmental groups say methane emissions in Canada’s oil and gas sector… http://www.canadianmanufacturing.com/regulation/oil-and-gas-methane-emissions-higher-than-previously-thought-reports-say-191719/ Most Corporate Asset Owners Are Taking Action to Limit Carbon Emissions. Corporate assets owners, generally, are recognizing the significance of and are taking action to mitigate climate change. That is what the annual benchmark report published by Asset Owners Disclosure Project is revealing, which says that 60% of those asset owners with funds worth more than $27 trillion are being proactive. https://www.environmentalleader.com/2017/04/corporate-asset-owners-taking-action-limit-carbon-emissions/ CLIMATE CHANGE California says oceans could rise higher than thought. New climate-change findings mean the Pacific Ocean off California may rise higher, and storms and high tides hit harder, than previously thought, officials said. The state's Ocean Protection Council on Wednesday revised upward its predictions for how much water off California will rise as the climate warms. http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/California-says-oceans-expected-to-rise-higher-11104258.php Climate Change Could Sink Coastal Property Values, Flood Inland Cities With Refugees. Humans are programmed by genetics to react quickly to immediate threats. That’s the “fight or flight” syndrome known to every high school biology student. But the other side of the coin is that humans are also programmed by genetics to be virtually incapable of recognizing and responding to long term threats — like climate change. Rising Ocean Levels Threaten Coastal Properties. https://cleantechnica.com/2017/04/28/climate-change-sink-coastal-property-values-flood-inland-cities-refugees/ Jerry Brown Explains How Trump Could Actually Be Good For Climate Progress. California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) made the case Thursday that President Donald Trump’s anti-environment rhetoric could actually be a blessing for climate advocacy. The president’s indifference to the existence of man-made global warming may inspire other people to step up and support sustainable actions, Brown said. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jerry-brown-trump-climate-change_us_59026ba4e4b02655f83b3b24 VW RECALL VW to spend billions through 2022 to beef up engines portfolio: CEO. Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) said it plans to invest billions of euros through 2022 to beef up its portfolio of combustion and electric drives as it braces for a further tightening of emissions rules in key markets. Europe's biggest carmaker last year announced a multi-billion-euro shift to embrace electric cars… http://www.reuters.com/article/us-volkswagen-emissions-engines-idUSKBN17U28Y GREEN ENERGY Price helps wind, solar build Midwest support. It's hardly surprising that a conference titled "Advancing Renewables in the Midwest" would feature a roster of advocates evangelizing about the benefits and bright future for wind and solar energy. But it wasn't just clean energy developers and boosters delivering the message at the two-day gathering on the University of Missouri campus this week. https://www.eenews.net/energywire/2017/04/28/stories/1060053725 OPINIONS Despite critics’ bullets, train keeps on rolling. For all the strenuous efforts to keep California’s bullet train from leaving the station, the megaproject has acquired a certain locomotive-like momentum. With billions spent, more borrowed and bridges built, a high-speed rail line connecting San Francisco to Los Angeles looks more than ever like a question of when rather than if. That is nevertheless a big question. http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Despite-critics-bullets-train-keeps-on-rolling-11104967.php Volkswagen’s huge diesel settlement falls short. Make no mistake: Volkswagen broke air laws. It actively cheated emissions tests and lied about “clean diesel” cars that were anything but clean. Now, VW can make up for that wrong by making sure its plan to address the damage it did helps those whose lungs were most affected. The current version of VW’s $800 million California plan… http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/Volkswagen-s-huge-diesel-settlement-falls-short-11104683.php LETTER: Resist self-serving climate-change theories. Financial asset managers and institutions are continually trying to develop theories that will provide insight in order to beat the “market.” The proliferation of computing makes it possible to sort through and test millions of scenarios and trading strategies. The problem is that this can lead to erroneous conclusions. http://www.dailyrecord.com/story/opinion/letters/2017/04/28/climate-change-global-warming-science-denial/101031888/ Automakers are trying to get their hands on VW’s EV charging money from its Dieselgate settlement. We reported on the main details of the plan for California, which includes installing ultra-fast 320 kW chargers, and the plan for the whole country, which includes a ‘nationwide 150 kW+ fast charging network’.Now other automakers are contesting the plans and want to have a say in how VW should spend that money. Some ideas are OK, though the contestation could result in slowing the rollout of the EV infrastructure, while other demands are plain ridiculous.https://electrek.co/2017/04/28/automakers-vw-ev-charging-dieselgate/ BLOGS Synthetic gas would cut air pollution but worsen climate damage in China. Severe air pollution has plagued China's industrial regions in recent decades, a situation that has received worldwide attention thanks to photos of Beijing and other smog-blanketed Chinese cities. More than just an eyesore, China's smog has created a public health crisis that has led the Chinese government to declare a war on air pollution. http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S49/33/14A80/index.xml?section=students This Solves Nothing. President Trump is issuing an Executive Order to promote oil and gas drilling off America’s beaches and coasts. This shapes up as a major belly flop. Or man overboard. Pick your metaphor. Trump is trying to undo permanent protections for the Arctic and Atlantic oceans put in place last December. That should fare about as well in court as his immigration order. https://www.nrdc.org/experts/niel-lawrence/solves-nothing Automakers are trying to get their hands on VW’s EV charging money from its Dieselgate settlement. Volkswagen recently submitted both its plans to invest $2 billion in electric vehicle infrastructure in the US as part of its court settlements with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the DieselGate scandal. https://electrek.co/2017/04/28/automakers-vw-ev-charging-dieselgate/ Jerry Brown Explains How Trump Could Actually Be Good For Climate Progress. He said the president’s scorn is galvanizing people to fight global warming. California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) made the case Thursday that President Donald Trump’s anti-environment rhetoric could actually be a blessing for climate advocacy. The president’s indifference to the existence of man-made global warming… http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jerry-brown-trump-climate-change_us_59026ba4e4b02655f83b3b24